Who Dat? A Taste of New Orleans in Bethesda

Louisiana Kitchen isn’t your typical trendy Bethesda restaurant.  At 7:30 on a Friday night, there wasn’t a line out the door and we had no trouble walking in and immediately getting a table.  This seems odd now that I know how good the food is.

Last winter, I took a road trip to Nashville and Memphis culminating with New Year’s in New Orleans.  It continues to be the best “foodie road trip” I have ever taken.  I didn’t mean for it to be that way, the food down there was just so darn good.  Ever since I got back, I’ve been craving those real New Orleans classics: jambalaya, etouffee, pralines, all of it.

Now I’m not saying Louisiana Kitchen is up there with Acme Oyster House or Coop’s Place but it’s about as good as you’re going to get this far from NoLa.  It certainly does Cajun cooking justice.

Wow, I'm hungry. From Wikipedia.

Andouille finger canapes (deep fried) to start, followed by some Po’ boys: catfish and shrimp, all accompanied with a delicious small red beans and rice, certainly enough for two people.  They do have beignets for dessert, but we opted for a sweet potato pecan pie for dessert.  Those are my two favorite pies, for Pete’s sake.

The prices are reasonable and the food is top notch.  And seriously, where else can you get real dirty rice, a muffuletta or creole around here?  It’s located right on Cordell Ave., so after dinner do yourself a favor and head to Saphire Cafe, certainly the least hurting bar in Bethesda.

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